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5th September 2011 16:46

Stags reject bid for Naylor, Premiership club enquire
mansfieldtown.net Wed 31 Aug 2011

We can confirm that we have rejected a bid for Tom Naylor from a League One club, while a Premiership outfit have today enquired about his services.

Paul Cox revealed the news in this video interview on mansfieldtown.net --->


No incoming players today but Matt Bell is to exit on loan, whilst boss rejects bids for Naylor


The Premiership outfit is believed to be Fulham (see below).
The League One club was Charlton.


Bell joins Solihull on loan
mansfieldtown.net, Fri 02 Sep 2011

Defender Matt Bell has officially joined Conference North outfit Solhill Moors on loan for one month.


The paperwork was completed at appoximately 1pm this afternoon.

The 19 year old, who joined on a free transfer from Port Vale this summer, has found first team chances hard to come by.

He will hope to boost the fortunes of Solihull who are rooted to the foot of the Conference North


twitter.com/matthalfpenny, Wed 31 Aug 2011
#stags reject bid for Tom Naylor from League One club, rumoured to be Charlton, but Prem club interested. Matt Bell set to leave on loan.

twitter.com/matthalfpenny, Thursday 1 Sept 2011
Joe Kendrick has confirmed it was Charlton who had bid turned down for Tom Naylor but Paul Cox expects more interest


Nottingham Post, Saturday, September 03, 2011


Kendrick is backing central defender Tom Naylor to keep his cool amid a failed big from Charlton and interest from a Premier League club. He said: "We have been ribbing him saying we were surprised not to see him on Sky Sports at Charlton's training ground.

"But it's important that he doesn't let it get to him because other opportunities will come along."


Could Stags star defender Naylor be Premiership-bound?
Chad.co.uk, Wednesday 31 August 2011

MANSFIELD Town's promising young central defender Tom Naylor could be on his way to a Premiership club in the very near future.


Stags boss Paul Cox turned down a firm bid for the 20-year-old today on transfer deadline day from a League One club as it was below the club's valuation.

But Cox also revealed talks had begun with a Premiership club who may take Naylor on a week's trial.

“No one wants to lose their best players and we are trying to build something here,” Cox told http://www.mansfieldtown.net.

“But Tom is a good player and I can see a 'feeding frenzy' for his signature in the not too distant future.

“I am going to be honest and say that Tom will move on eventually - and I think all of Mansfield will wish him all the best.

“I don't want to hold him back. But my job is to do the best I can for this football club and Tom won't be leaving unless we are suitably compensated accordingly.

“I know the kid can play at a higher level and after 20 or 30 games in the Football League his value would rocket.

“The League One club's bid wasn't enough so that is dead in the water. But I can see the Premiership club's interest developing over the next week.

“I would like to agree a fee with them and then let them take him for a week to have a closer look at him.

“There are one or two other clubs interested from the Championship and League One but none have made bids.”

Naylor has just completed a four game ban for his red card at Barrow.

Otherwise it has been quiet on transfer deadline day at the Mill with just Matt Bell going out on loan to Solihull Moors.

“I would love to strengthen my squad, but the players I am looking at would be on loan so I don't have to jump in at this stage,” said Cox.

“A week's grace and I can get them in on loan and one player I have in mind has a knock on his foot right now. I have just got to sit and wait.”


Naylor won't leave Stags on cheap – Cox
Nottingham Post, Friday, September 02, 2011

IN-DEMAND Mansfield Town defender Tom Naylor will not be sold on the cheap, boss Paul Cox insisted today.


The Stags turned down an offer from League One Charlton for the 20-year-old youth team product ahead of Thursday's transfer deadline.

But that is unlikely to deter the chase for Naylor's services with a Premier League club – understood to be Fulham – having expressed their interest.

Leeds United were also reputedly keen earlier in the summer, while other clubs are monitoring the situation.

"There are ways and means with the transfer window – the League One club who bid wanted to take Tom on loan until January – so I expect renewed interest," said Cox.

"Tom is a very good player who we don't want to lose.

"If he does leave, I would like to see us get a six-figure package for him. We need to be compensated adequately.

"Kyle McFadzean went to Crawley for £90,000 and Aden Flint to Swindon for £150,000 so that gives you an idea of the current market."

Cox insists striking a deal is not certain, but is keen to secure a chunk of cash to strengthen the team if his prized asset does depart.

Another striker remains top of the manager's wish list.

He said: "It's not inevitable that Tom will go, but I don't think it's a smokescreen.

"I would like to think some of any fee, if it happens, would come to me, but I would have to sit down with the chairman."


Cox keen to extend Futcher deal at Stags
Nottingham Post, Thursday, September 01, 2011

MANSFIELD Town are keen to retain the services of Ben Futcher when his one-month loan spell expires, boss Paul Cox confirmed today.


The central defender has been a revelation since coming in on loan from League One Bury following the Stags' 3-0 defeat at Gateshead.

With 6ft 7ins Futcher's presence, experience and organisational skills, Mansfield have since won two and drawn two of their four matches ahead of Saturday's trip to Darlington.

Cox recognises the former Lincoln man has played a big part in the recent success and is keen for him to stay on.

"There's no doubting Ben's done very well and I know he is a favourite with the fans already," said Cox.

"I would like to keep him, but a lot comes down to what Bury are thinking because he is their player.

"But I'm hoping to have a sit down with Ben over the next few days to see what he thinks and also speak to Ritchie (Barker, Bury manager).

"If they are both comfortable about it, then we have to free up the finance."

Last night's transfer deadline passed with no newcomers to Field Mill, but left-back Matt Bell was set to join Blue Square Bet North side Solihull Moors on a month's loan.

The club have turned down a bid from an un-named League One club – believed to be Charlton – for defender Tom Naylor.

He is also being targeted by a Premier League club


Mansfield manager Cox wants to extend Futcher's stay
chad.co.uk, Friday 2 September 2011

ALTHOUGH Ben Futcher is just two weeks into his month's loan, Stags boss Paul Cox will be speaking to Bury manager Richie Barker about keeping Futcher at Field Mill as long as he can.


The giant central defender has helped Stags shore up their rearguard and Cox said: “I think he has done a tremendous job and I do want to look at keeping him here longer.

“I need to speak to the player and Richie Barker as Ben is a Bury player and I have to be respectful of both their wishes. A lot needs sorting out.

“The lad is a winner. You can tell that by his performances and how he is in training and the dressing room. He has brought a mentality into the club and you want to keep players like that.

“You need high calibre players to compete at the top end. But I have a wage bill to deal with which I have to respect and I may need to wheel and deal to free some money up.”

Stags could have huge competition for the two central defensive slots soon with Futcher and Richie Sutton in there last weekend but Tom Naylor fit again, Martin Riley almost fit, Rhys Day back in training and John Thompson starting his road to recovery with some light training next week.

All that leaves the future looking bleak for Nick Wood, who has only signed for a month. But Cox said: “I think Nick has been unlucky so far. But he still has two weeks with us and anything can happen yet.”

Cox has heard nothing more from the Premiership club or League One club interested in signing Tom Naylor but confirmed they would have to stump up at least a six figure fee plus add-ons, though it could be paid in instalments.

Matt Bell has joined Solihull Moors on a month's loan and Cox confirmed that other squad players may be sent out on loan soon to keep them match sharp with no reserve side at Field Mill again this season


No Deadline Day Arrivals At Mansfield
Wednesday, August 31, 2011, by Andy White (rumoured to be ex-Stags striker Andy White)


MANSFIELD TOWN boss Paul Cox has confirmed that there will be no new players joining the club on transfer deadline day.

Speaking to the club's website, Cox said: "There are going to be no more arrivals today."

However, the Stags manager did confirm the club have turned down a bid for central defender Tom Naylor, who is a product of the club's youth system.

Speaking about 20-year-old Naylor, Cox told the club's website: "We don't want to go into too much detail at this present time but what I can say is that we turned down a bid from a Division One club.

"We've had a Premiership club, who called me yesterday, very keen on Tom. They'd like to agree a fee with us and take him down for a week to have a look at him. It's at the infants stage at the moment."

Meanwhile, Matt Bell is leaving Field Mill on a temporary basis to join Conference North club Solihull Moors on loan


Interest In Naylor On Transfer Deadline Day
Wednesday 31st August, 2011


Mansfield Town have rejected an approach from a League One side for centre-back Tom Naylor – and say a Premier League side have also enquired about him.

The Stags have also revealed that no players are coming in on transfer deadline day whilst Matt Bell is to go out on loan to Solihull Moors.

Stags boss Paul Cox told mansfieldtown.net a little bit more about the top flight club's interest in Naylor, saying: "They'd like to agree a fee with us and take him down for a week to have a look at him.

"It's at the infant stages at this minute but we've also had enquiries from other clubs so I would have thought that at some stage there will be a lot more activity regarding Tom."


Possible deadline day departure at Stags
Nottingham Post, Wednesday, August 31, 2011

MANSFIELD Town are not expecting to make any permanent signings before the close of today's transfer window.


But a departure from Field Mill – on loan – is expected before the 11pm cut-off.

Stags boss Paul Cox is keen to keep those players who are not in the first choice squad of 16 fit and ready to play.

He said: "We aren't in a position to sign anyone else at the moment, but we make look at loans when the window for that re-opens next week.

"There may be one or two going out to get games because I want everyone in the squad ready if called upon and not too many sat in the stands.

"You can train and play in-house games all you want, but there is no substitute for competitive football."

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